Students Protest Trump Executive Orders at Allen Street Gates Saturday Night
About a dozen Penn State students took to the Allen Street Gates Saturday night to protest President Donald Trump’s newest executive order that suspends visas for people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia as well as suspensions of other similar immigration policies.
The protest, which started at 7 p.m., was organized by Penn State students Fanta Conde and Basma Ayad who felt the need to do something to resist the orders, even if it was a small protest.
“These [executive orders] are happening and we’re either not talking about it or pretending it’s a bad dream. We stopped at McClanahan’s and made some signs and started posting on Facebook pages to get people here.”
Many of the students in attendance were members of the Penn State Democrats or College Progressives.
Kathryn Van Develde, a senior meteorology major and an executive board member of the College Progressives heard about the protest through a Facebook page and came to the gates.
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“I thought about not coming but thought no, this is important. I need to go out there and do this, even if it’s for a little bit,” Van Develde said. “These are people, not things you can put in the corner and forget about; to treat people like this is atrocious and not what I think of as American.”
The organizers of the protest plan to head to the Allen Street Gates again for another protest tomorrow (Sunday) at 12 p.m.
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